Dean's Update

Shariq Siddiqui
Shariq Siddiqui 

In March, we were thrilled to announce the path-breaking Thomasson Scholarships, providing four years of tuition, room, board, books and support for study abroad to two deserving bachelor’s degree students. We thank the Thomasson Family for this special gift.

We also shared the wonderful news of the appointment of Dr. Shariq Siddiqui as director of the Muslim Philanthropy Initiative and assistant professor of philanthropic studies. And we welcomed two finalists for the position of director of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute.

Early in the month, I had the pleasure of conversations with John Lechleiter, former CEO of Eli Lilly and Company, and Michael Gilligan, president of the Henry Luce Foundation, about the notion of a think tank on philanthropy. I caught up with our board member Derrick Feldmann and Bill Moses of The Kresge Foundation. We also welcomed Matt Treadwell from the IU Foundation, who will be joining the team of the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy on a temporary basis. 

I had the privilege of chairing the search committee for the Associate Vice Chancellor for International Affairs for IUPUI. In Washington, I attended the 2019 Smithsonian conference on the power of giving, with this year’s focus on health and medicine. I was also pleased to join a leadership gathering of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America as part of a special program with The Fund Raising School. 

We welcomed a delegation from UNAM, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, along with our partner in Mexico, Procura, to discuss ways of collaborating on training and scholarly seminars. We had a reunion of former board members as Dan Yates and Stephanie Goodrid Lawson joined a breakfast in honor of Marcela Rovzar, a former board member and the founder of Procura, who also took advantage of her visit to engage with students and faculty.

As part of the Mays Institute Diverse Speaker Series, Professor Noah Drezner of Columbia University spoke about “Queering Philanthropy: Emerging Research on Alumni Giving From and Supporting the LGBTQ Communities.” We also welcomed to the school for the first time Claudia Cummings, the new president of the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, a vital organization for our state and a long-time partner of the school.

Best regards,

Amir Pasic
Eugene R. Tempel Dean

News You Can Use


  • 9, Philanthropy Research Workshop with Jamie Levine Daniel and Heng Qu, 12:00-1:15 p.m., University Hall 3011
  • 11, Spring BOV Meeting
  • 11, Spring Alumni Board meeting
  • 11-12, Lake Institute Advisory Board Meeting
  • 11, Lake Lecture with Lynne Twist, at Indiana Landmarks
  • 12-14, Zakat Conference in Chicago, IL – Muslim Philanthropy Initiative/Lake Institute
  • 15, Philanthropy Research Workshop with Lara Aknin, 12:00-1:15 p.m., University Hall 3011
  • 15-17, CASE 2019 Diverse Philanthropy and Leadership Conference
  • 22: VeZolles Lecture with John List, IUPUI
  • 22, Philanthropic Studies Undergraduate Capstone Showcase, 10:30-11:45 a.m., University Hall 1006
  • 23, Philanthropy Research Workshop with Elisabeth Clemens, 12:00-1:15 p.m. University Hall 3011
  • 24, Sandra Vargas presentation, Mays Family Institute Diverse Speaker Series, NCAA Auditorium, 6:00 p.m.
  • 24-26, African-American Development Officers Network and CASE National Conference

» Back to Top

Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

  • 1-3, Lake Institute taught its first Muslim-specific Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising course in partnership with Zakat Foundation in Bridgeview, IL. The course was led by Lake Institute Director David King, Rafia Khader, and Shariq Siddiqui.
  • 9, The second of three Cultivating Generous Congregations seminars with our partner Reformed Church in America was held in Seattle, WA.
  • 11-14, Lake Institute’s four-day Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising course was led by Melissa Spas and King at the NCAA in Indianapolis.
  • 15, Lake Postdoctoral Research Fellow Chris Munn presented on our National Study of Congregations Economic Practices at the Philanthropy and Social Impact Conference in Los Angeles, CA.
  • 15-16, Lake Institute partner Everence Financial hosted a Cultivating Generous Congregations seminar, serving congregations in Harrisonburg, VA.
  • 16, The second of three Cultivating Generous Congregations seminars with our partner Reformed Church in America was led by adjunct instructors Marla Rotman and Laryl Humme in Lynden, WA.
  • 17-19: King attended the Jewish Funders Network Annual Conference, making connections within Jewish philanthropy.
  • 21, Lake Institute partner United Methodist Church Foundation for Memphis and Tennessee hosted a one-day Cultivating Generous Congregations course in Owensboro, KY.
  • 23, The second of three Cultivating Generous Congregations seminars with our partner Reformed Church in America was led by adjunct instructors Rotman and Humme in Orange City, IA.
  • 25-27, Our partners at Cooperative Baptist Fellowship led a Cultivating Generous Congregations seminar and Personal Finance workshop in Decatur, GA, led in part by Spas and Meredith McNabb.
  • 30, Lake partner Evangelical Covenant Church held its second of three custom Cultivating Generous Congregations seminars in Easton, CT.

» Back to Top


  • Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy: Una Osili6, Una Osili, associate dean for research and international programs, was invited to serve on a panel at the Charles Stewart Mott Trustees meeting in Flint, MI. The presentation was entitled “Protecting and Expanding Civic Space through Research,” and included Lester Salamon of the Center for Civil Society Studies, Johns Hopkins University, and Nathan Koeshall of Catalyst Philanthropy.
  • 10, Osili was invited to serve as a speaker for the American Council on Education’s 2019 Conference in Philadelphia, PA. Her session was entitled, “The Future of Philanthropy in Higher Education.”
  • 12, Osili was invited to present at a Newfields Campaign Cabinet meeting in Indianapolis. She spoke about tax policy implications for giving, which was a part of a series to provide research and context for key areas of fundraising. 
  • 19, Osili was invited to present at the launch of the WPI Women Give 2019: Gender & Giving Across Communities of Color report release event in Chicago, IL.
  • 21, Osili was invited to participate in a panel discussion at the Global Network of Foundations Working for Development conference hosted by the OECD in Paris, France.
  • 22, Rebecca TeKolste, visiting research associate, was invited to be a panelist for the Hoosier Women Forward’s inaugural class. The topic of the panel was turning your passion into activism. Rebecca also participated on a panel on the Role of Women in Not-for-profit Decision Making, Fundraising, Volunteerism, and Public Service Careers. The event was held in Indianapolis.
  • 22, Osili was invited to serve on a panel at the Philanthropy New York (a regional association of grant makers with global impact) meeting. The panel was entitled “Navigating Uncertain Terrain – Trends and Strategies in International Grant making.” Doug Rutzen, International Center for Nonprofit Law, also served on the panel, which was moderated by Buff Kavelman of Kavelman Group Philanthropic Advisors. The meeting took place in New York, NY. 
  • 31, Sasha Zarins, project coordinator, presented at the Association of Fundraising Professionals 2019 International Conference. The panel was entitled “Was the Fear Warranted? A Glimpse into the Early Effects of the Tax Policy Changes.” Allison Grayson of Independent Sector also served on the panel. The conference took place in San Antonio, TX.

» Back to Top

Marketing & Communications

  • The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) quoted Osili and cited our research in an article on employees’ roles in companies’ corporate philanthropy.
  • Sarasota Magazine and the Sarasota Herald Tribune published articles about The Patterson Foundation’s selection of master’s degree student Hannah Saeger Karnei as the inaugural Patterson Foundation Fellow, a partnership between the Foundation and the school.
  • Genevieve Shaker and William Plater authored an article in The Conversation US about what higher education should do in the wake of the recent admissions scandal. It was picked up by
  • Pamala Wiepking and Beth Breeze published an article in The Conversation UK on what Red Nose Day says about the need for comic relief in the modern workplace. It was picked up by
  • Forbes mentioned research done by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute in an article about giving in retirement.
  • (Worcester, MA) mentioned our Philanthropy Panel Study’s findings on the decline in the percent of Americans who gave to charity between 2004 and 2014.


  • The Traverse City Record Eagle recognized Betsy Willis, a recipient of a Certificate in Fund Raising Management, in an employee spotlight article.
  • The Hutchinson News recognized Aubrey Abbott Patterson, a graduate of the school and her new position with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Community Development Advisory Council.
  • Luther College Chips recognized Jenifer K. Ward, a graduate of The Fund Raising School and her new position as Luther’s 11th president.
  • ROI mentioned Craig Leach, former BOV member who has been named to the board of visitors of the Seton Hall University School of Law.